Does your peanut free classroom ask for food labels?

Posted on: Thu, 08/07/2003 - 9:02am
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Do you have all snack/foods entering the peanut free classroom accompanied by labels? The school is suggesting snacks that are placed in a ziploc without the original packaging should be accompanied with the package label. The label will be sent back home in the child's lunchbox So it can be reused. This classroom is a kindergarten classroom where the children in their rooms. Obviously, a ham sandwich does not have a label, where Chips Ahoy does. Where do you draw the line? Boxed foods are much easier to cut out the label where a bag of pretzels are not. This is where I feel the parents will regret volunteering to be in a peanut free class room. Do we really need labels if the parents have agreed to read labels from home? I think the school is more concerned about liabilty than inconvience. I totally understand but not all will.
Ginger

Posted on: Thu, 08/07/2003 - 11:47pm
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reraising since I failed miserably in my attempt to achieve an adequate 504 for my older PA/Nuts/Asthma/EA/Atopic/some other legumes/some special needs child. (Ginger's post mentioned some similiar obstacles we encountered.) Recently my younger son was diagnosed with some other food allergies in addition [i]to testing strongly positive for an allergy to peanuts after a full body rash appeared for no apparent reason[/i] we are awaiting an appointment for more involved testing.
My younger cub is scheduled to attend his second year in an Early Childhood program (for some special needs and a speech delay) and I quite possibly will have to address similiar issues the same school district. Older cub is homeschooled.
I cannot and do not see how I can send my child into an environment where basic directives concerning a life-threatening issues are not met. IMPAHO.
Sorry for rambling. Just reraising so the topic is not missed.
MommaBear [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 08/08/2003 - 3:48am
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PLease tell me how your PF class deal with food labels? I am not sure how to finish up our 504......... need help..... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 08/08/2003 - 4:19am
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Hi Ginger,
I'll share what I can, but I hope others will chime in too. Our school had success some years with their label reading in a PF classroom, and then little success in other years. I think it just depended on the teacher.
The labeling became an "issue" for our school, meaning that some years the "PF classroom" seemed to be very managed well teacher, and then other years the teacher just never could follow the guidelines. Then a teacher didn't the responsibility of reading the label, and so the nurse did it. Then there was the whole baggie deal, trying to determine if food brought in in baggies (no packaging or label) as safe. One year it seemed to the teacher that a parent was deliberately sending in food that contained nuts in a baggie so that her kid could have it (a "loop hole"~ no label=no proof of nuts). Anyway, some years the rules were implemented smoothly, and other years (same rules) there just always seemed to be problems, including reactions.
Anyway, the bottom line was that the school decided that this was too cumbersome to imnplement well. They just decided "no food" period. I actually objected at first, but it's worked really well. Clear, defined, easy to implement. It's been great.
I hope others will post how their situations have worked.

Posted on: Fri, 08/08/2003 - 6:37am
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We've never required labels on children's own personal snack items. I guess the school has just trusted that the parents respect the "peanut and nut free" policy.
I feel a little uncomfortable with expecting a teacher to read all the labels in everyone's snacks and lunches. I feel very differently for any foods which will actually be offered to a pa child: in that case the label should be included and thoroughly checked by the teacher.
JMHO, Miriam

Posted on: Fri, 08/08/2003 - 7:47am
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Quote:Originally posted by Gail W:
[b] Clear, defined, easy to implement. [/b]
thus "[b]enforceable[/b]"?
ps......... sounds "[b]achievable[/b]" too.
even [i]reasonable[/i].
when considering this in the context of a [i]classroom only[/i].
pps........ it has been mentioned on the boards that some schools that do not have cafeterias, making it ?necessary? to eat "in the classroom". Now wondering how to implement the "No May Contains" again......

Posted on: Fri, 08/08/2003 - 9:38am
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Only the kindergarten children eat in their classroom. We do have a lunch room for 1 to 8th grade. Next year will be a whole different issue. We are enforcing the no MAY CONTAIN products just in this classroom along with being PF. We are trying to find a happy balance in what to do with the ziploc baggie items. The school seems really careful with the liability issue. They really want all bases covered. I was thinking maybe we could ask for labels for foods that are questionable. LIke a sandwich or pretzel would not need it but a sugar cookie would. Then we are to assume what is questionable for one may not be for another. I am really confused.... This is a hard one for me. Go Figure....

Posted on: Fri, 08/08/2003 - 12:54pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Ginger:
[b] I was thinking maybe we could ask for labels for foods that are questionable. LIke a sandwich or pretzel would not need it but a sugar cookie would. [/b]
Until someone brings a peanut butter filled pretzel bit?
Man, those things creep me out. It's like ([i]yelling[/i]) "[b]INCOMMING!!!![/b]". Or, in the case of a parent (who may not fully understand the ramifications) "sneaking" in their child's favorite treat, not yelling.
Even scarier.

Posted on: Sat, 08/09/2003 - 7:48am
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Ginger, my sons classroom is p.free and everything that comes in for snacks must have a label. BTW they dont bring in their own indiv. snacks, but enough for the whole class. Anything with nuts or unlabeled will be sent home.
For lunch they can bring in anything they want. For now!

Posted on: Sat, 08/09/2003 - 8:44am
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Quote:Originally posted by momma2boys:
[b] Anything with nuts or unlabeled will be sent home.
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Can I safely assume that carrot sticks, apple slices or whole fruit will be allowed without a label?
(Just being the "pretend parent") for the sake of advocacy.

Posted on: Sat, 08/09/2003 - 12:08pm
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Mommabear, I had to laugh when I read your post because in 2 years Ive never seen a parent send in fresh fruit! Its a battle to keep them from sending in just cookies.
Actually they dont have refrigerators in the room to keep stuff fresh so its mostly graham crackers, pretzels, etc. However if that were to occur I assume that they would allow them to eat it.

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